CHICAGO–Paul Goldschmidt rolled his eyes, then helped set the Cardinals on their way to a lopsided victory. He had a lot of help, too.
Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 25 games, Corey Dickerson went deep twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 14-5 on Friday.
Nolan Gorman and Lars Knottbar also went on to win the Cardinals for the fourth time in five games.
Goldschmidt made three drives in the third in his twelfth home career. The six-time All-Star concluded his 26-game winning streak with Arizona in 2013 and expanded his personal bests by making it to base for his 39th straight game.
Goldschmidt has 10 homers and 36 RBI in his last 22 games, a stretch that began on May 11. He has a 0.349 National League lead average and 47 RBI, and tied with the Mets’ Pete Alonso.
“It’s fun because of the way he prepares,” said manager Oliver Marmol. “You get a bonus when you prep the way it is – everything that goes into the video work and just his cage routine and it keeps his body fresh.”
Dickerson, hitting .183 coming in, sparked a fourth by five runs against Marcus Strowman (2-5) when he lined up a free-kick to break the tie to the right for first Homer. He combined with Nootbaar for the Homers’ solo back-to-back against Frank Schwindel, who took over the hill in ninth after starting as the designated hitter.
Gorman fired a three-round long drive in the fourth to make it 9-4. Called up from Triple-A Memphis on May 20, he has three fortunes and an average of 0.361 through his first 11 major league games.
Singles Tommy Addiction three times and scored three runs. Harrison Bader and Nolan Arenado each had two hits. Badr, who is celebrating his 28th birthday, also scored two goals.
Miles Mikulas (4-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. Zach Thompson grabbed the Cubs in one run and three hits the rest of the way, and tackled him in his first major league appearance. The 24-year-old left-hander grew up 65 miles northeast of Indianapolis in Selma, Indiana. He said when he imagined him as a kid getting the final at the World Championships, it was at Wrigley Field. He got his debut at the famous stadium with his parents in hand.
“I’ve dreamed of this day all my life and to do it here at Wrigley means a ton,” he said.
Strowman, who came off a string of strong starts, pounded for nine runs high and 10 hits in four rounds. The right-hander had 1.80 ERA in his previous five rounds.
“The driving was a bit off, but I think they were playing today,” said Strowman. “They took really good swings and I don’t think I had a good game, so just those two sets.”
Patrick Wisdom hit Homer by three runs on first single and RBI in seventh. Rookie Christopher Morell expanded a club record by reaching base in his first 17 games, when singles scored in the third. But the Cubs’ winning streak was cut short in three straight games.
The Cardinals switched their rules, remembering right-handed Johan Oviedo and choosing Thompson’s contract from Triple-A Memphis. They chose left-winger Matthew Liberator and good-natured Cody Whiteley to the minor league club.
Cardinals: 2B Gorman is back in the lineup as the designated hitter after missing the previous three games due to a tight lower back. …ofs Tyler O’Neal (right shoulder impingement) and Dylan Carlson (strained left hamstring) were scheduled to begin rehab tasks – O’Neal with Triple-A Memphis and Carlson with Double-A Springfield.
Cubs: Wilson Contreras was out of the squad after injuring his left ankle on pitch on Thursday, although he was available off the bench. …RHP Adbert Alzolay (strained right shoulder) had to resume playing catch in Arizona. He is in IL for 60 days.
The five-game series lasts four days with a separate double header. The Cubs plan to get RHP Matt Swarmer (0-0, 1.50) to start game one and right-back Caleb Kilian – who was acquired from San Francisco last season in the deal that sent former best player Kris Bryant to The Giants – for his World Cup debut. . Cardinals will have right-handers Andre Balante (1-0 1.07) and Johan Oviedo at the start, although the standings would have been decided. Oviedo did not participate in the majors this season.